Wellbeing for COVID-19: Age appropriate resources for families & how to explain Coronavirus to children

Below are links to free resources you might find helpful for you and your family’s wellbeing at this difficult and uncertain time when talking about and explaining Coronavirus (COVID-19) to Children.

These resources may be useful when deciding how to Explain Coronavirus to Children, how to deal with lockdown, self-isolation and other changes and safety measures.

Click on the links below for more information.

1. BBC Newsround
How to support your wellbeing at the moment: Child friendly and up-to-date explanation regarding the COVID-19 virus.

 

2. Barnardo’s – How to talk to your child about coronavirus
Provides some good simple information on how to talk to young children about coronavirus including Parents advice hub and Young people’s hub.

 

3. CBeebies – Dr Ranj
Dr Ranj explaining Coronavirus in a YouTube video (suitable for children aged 8 years and older).

 

 

Suitable for ages 7 and under.
A short book to support and reassure our children, under the age of 7, regarding the COVID-19. The book is an invitation for families to discuss the full range of emotions arising from the current situation. Available in multiple languages.

 

Suitable for ages 3 – 7.
A book for children about coronavirus that aims to give information without fear, provide truthful information in a reassuring and child friendly manner.

 

Suitable for ages 5 – 9.
A short book published by Nosy Crow and illustrated by Alex Scheffler (who illustrated The Gruffalo). The book was written with input from a range of professionals. Suitable for ages 5 – 9 to understand more about coronavirus.

 

8. My Hero is You: how kids can fight Covid-19
Suitable for children aged 8 – 12.
This children’s book is an international collaboration by IASC MHPSS RG about of a superhero called Ario. Written to be read together with parents with some lovely illustrations. The project was supported by global, regional and country based experts from Member Agencies.

 

9. Mencap – easy read guides to Coronavirus
Easy read guides and information about the latest issues relating to coronavirus in England, including lockdown rules, shielding guidance and information about the vaccine.

 

By Carol Gray. Direct free access to pandemic Social Stories with permission to download, share and translate.

 

INEQE Safeguarding Group has made a short animation, a story book and an activity that supports you to tackle misinformation and help young children understand Coronavirus.

 

Lots of resources that offer tips for families including age-appropriate responses to common questions, a guide to self-care, and activities for young children experiencing social distancing. Includes links to Sesame Street Resources.

 

Updated tips for families to have open and honest conversations at home.
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